Nashville GLBT Chamber of Commerce member spotlight

Member Spotlight:  Karen Pryor
Health Sphere Wellness Center, LLC 

Karen Pryor, PhD, PT has 27 years experience as a Physical Therapist with extensive background in Natural Medicine.  She believes through the evaluation of the patient and finding the cause of an illness helps her design individual treatment programs for recovery and healing.  Karen works hand in hand with each patient to return the body to optimal health and function.

Karen is a Reiki Master, Medical Intuitive and Healing Touch 1-4.  Energy Techniques are used in conjunction with holistic treatments.  Crainosacral Therapy (I, II Somatoemotional release) is also combined with physical therapy treatments for thorough care.

See Karen at Health Sphere Wellness Center for:  After surgery and surgery prevention, arthritis, cancer, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, lupus, pain in lower back or neck or sprain. 

Karen will be a holistic workshop speaker at the 7th Annual Focus on Respiratory and Sleep Medicine Conference on April 19th and 20th at the Opryland Hotel Nashville.

Learn more about Karen and this conference at:

Member Spotlight: Johnny Wyatt

Nashville nurse practitioner Johnny O. Wyatt was recently hired as an adjunct clinical faculty member by Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and will serve as an instructor of clinical nursing to master's students performing clinical rotations. Wyatt will also present guest lectures on diabetes at the university throughout the year.

Wyatt's other recent selections and accomplishments...

Wyatt is one of 21 nurse practitioners selected by the Fellows of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners to take part in their 2007 mentorship program. Wyatt's assigned mentor is Randy Rasch, PhD, FNP, FAANP, from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing.

He has also been invited on a delegation to China this fall to teach diabetes self-management techniques to nurses and physicians. The delegation will include diabetes educators, nurses, nurse practitioners and physicians.

Wyatt's diabetes expertise will be further utilized when he serves on the Tennessee Department of Health's Diabetes Consortium as a consultant to help write a guide to diabetes care standards and practice recommendations. The consortium is made up of healthcare providers in multiple disciplines from all over the state who are involved in diabetes management.

During his down time, Wyatt enjoys travel, cooking, comedies and spending time with his canines, Murphy and Daphne.

Board Member Spotlight:  Jerry Jones

Jerry Jones serves as a senior information officer and regional news director for the Office of News and Public Affairs for Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he provides assistance to media organizations throughout the Middle Tennessee Region.

Jerry also ownsTennessee's largest GLBT newspaper, "Out & About Newspaper," which he started in October 2002 and is executive producer and host of a community roundtable segment on Out & About Today TV on WTVF NewsChannel5+ (cable channel 50).  Jerry has been a member of the Chamber since 2003 and has served on the board for the last year and a half.

Jerry has a B.A. in communications and journalism from Lipscomb University and a master's degree in public administration from Tennessee State University.

Jerry is also a licensed emergency medical technician and certified firefighter.  He served as the public information officer and firefighter/engineer for the City of Brentwood, Tennessee as well as the Chief/Director of Emergency Management Services for Bedford County, Tennessee.  Before coming to Vanderbilt, Jerry worked with training fire and EMS departments across the country in basic concepts of emergency response to terrorism.

WhistlePig + Alfa Romeo F1

SHOREHAM, VT (September 13, 2023) — WhistlePig Whiskey, the leaders in independent craft whiskey, and Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake are waving the checkered flag on a legend-worthy release that’s taking whiskey to G-Force levels. The Limited Edition PiggyBack Legends Series: Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake Barrel is a high Rye Whiskey selected by the Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake drivers, with barrels trialed in their wind tunnel to ensure a thrilling taste in every sip.

The third iteration in WhistlePig’s Single Barrel PiggyBack Legends Series, the Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake Barrel is bottled at 96.77 proof, a nod to Valtteri Bottas’ racing number, 77, and the precision of racing. Inspired by Zhou Guanyu, the first Chinese F1 driver, this Rye Whiskey is finished with lychee and oolong tea. Herbal and floral notes of the oolong tea complement the herbaceous notes of WhistlePig’s signature PiggyBack 100% Rye, rounded out with a juicy tropical fruit finish and a touch of spice.

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Nurse Practitioner Ari Kravitz

When I started medical transition at 20 years old, it was very difficult to get the care I needed for hormone replacement therapy because there are very few providers trained in starting hormones for trans people, even though it’s very similar to the hormones that we prescribe to women in menopause or cisgender men with low testosterone.

I hope more providers get trained in LGBTQ+ healthcare, so they can support patients along their individual gender journey, and provide the info needed to make informed decisions about their body. I’ve personally seen my trans patients find hope and experience a better quality of life through hormone replacement therapy.

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Descanso Resort, Palm Springs' premier destination for gay men, just received Tripadvisor's highest honor, a Travelers' Choice "Best of the Best" award for 2023. Based on guests' reviews and ratings, fewer than 1% of Tripadvisor's 8 million listings around the world receive the coveted "Best of the Best" designation. Descanso ranked 12th in the top 25 small inns and hotels category in the United States. Quite an accomplishment!

Open less than two years, Descanso Resort offers gay men a relaxing and luxurious boutique hotel experience just minutes away from Palm Springs' buzziest restaurants, nightclubs, and shopping. Descanso has quickly established itself as a top destination for sophisticated gay travelers, earning hundreds of 5-star guest reviews and consistently ranking in Trapadvisor's top positions alongside brother properties Santiago Resort and Twin Palms Resort.

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